Rod Blagojevich en Blagojevich facing deadline to appeal convictions <p> Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.&nbsp; Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes more than two years after the Blagojevich's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison.&nbsp;</p><p>Jurors convicted the former governor for wide-ranging corruption, including a bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the U.S. senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:36:01 +0000 Todd Hatton & The Associated Press 33113 at Blagojevich facing deadline to appeal convictions Ill. Businessman Sentenced to Prison <p>A prominent Springfield, Illinois, businessman was sentenced to a year and a day in prison yesterday for trying to get campaign contributions in exchange for state business. William Cellini, once known as the “King of Clout,” was convicted last year for his role in trying to exchange state business with an Oscar-winning producer for a $1.5 million contribution for imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini usually stays out of the public eye, but he issued a public statement taking responsibility for his actions. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:37:13 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 22889 at